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This Day In History, April 11th, 2022 – “Closing the Port”


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It was just 160 years ago today, April 11, 1862, when the Bonnie Blue Flag of the Confederacy was lowered over Fort Pulaski, and the White flag of surrender took its place. Fort Pulaski was a vital installation, for more than 100 days of siege by the Union Navy, the fort helped protect the port of Savannah, Georgia. Recently built, the Fort had been the pride of the Confederacy, and a thorn sticking into the side of the Union’s Naval Blockade.

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Fort Pulaski taking a beating from the Union rifled cannon. Take note at the Bonnie Blue Flag, the post was hit, but the Confederates erected another with a ramrod. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.

After a long siege, the plan was to take it by force. On the 10th of April, the Union Navy began a full bombardment of the stronghold. The Union mortars were ineffective, basically lobing shells over the walls and into the Forts courtyard. However, the Civil War saw for the first time the major deployment of rifled cannon, no longer just smooth bore old-timers. Though the Fort was impressively built, rifled cannons impressed both sides even more. Inside the fort, it was hell on earth for the Confederacy, as every shot from the Union shook the fort to its foundation. And so, on this date, the Fort fell to the Union. However, the war was far from over. Though this effectively closed the port to Savannah, one of the wealthiest cities in all America, let alone the Confederacy, the Union were not able to capitalize and take the city itself. In fact, it will not be until General Sherman marches from inland to take the city, and that won’t take place until December 21, 1864. 160 years ago today, rifled cannon and a good aim proved to match any fortifications built by man.

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